Complementary therapies

Helping you relax with therapies tailored to individual needs and offered together with conventional medical treatments to maximise well-being.

Lisa's update

September 2021

Our complementary therapy service is now providing morning and afternoon sessions at our outpatient clinic, Monday to Friday. The sessions are for community patients and carers, with all referrals being made to our service through a member of the St Columba’s Hospice Care team.

Our virtual service will continue to support patients and families in the community. Where chosen therapies can be delivered virtually in the comfort of your own home, we will continue to deliver your sessions in this way.

Our inpatients on Cedar and Pentland will continue to be able to choose from Reflexology, Aromatherapy, Massage, HEARTS, EFT and Reiki sessions in the comfort of their own rooms. This service is available Monday to Friday, 10am - 4pm.

Hairdressing appointments are available to our inpatients, within our Hairdressing Salon, on Tuesdays between 10am and 3pm.

We will continue to keep you updated when our Therapet team and volunteer complementary therapists will be returning to the Hospice again.

Thank you all for your continued support of our service.

Best wishes,

Virtual Complementary Therapy sessions

Our virtual sessions have received positive feedback from those who have used the service.  We tailor your session around your preferences, to include what you feel like on the day of your appointment.

Your session can include a guided meditation, some muscle relaxation techniques or a more practical session including hand reflexology techniques and gentle acupressure that you can do by yourself. 

You can also include a family member in your session and they can learn some of these techniques too and then be able to this for you!     

Available virtual therapies

Following an adaptation of current therapies we offer, and the introduction of others, here are the virtual therapies that are currently available

  • PCGI  (Person Centred Guided Imagery) 

  • PMR (Progressive Muscle Relaxation)

  • HEARTS Approach (involving patients carer)

  • Reiki meditations

  • Guided meditations

  • Aromatherapy Aromasticks

  • Hand Reflexology techniques

  • EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) – available March 2021

More info about virtual therapies

Attend Anywhere/ Near Me

If you have a virtual consultation booked, you will be asked to join a secure video call using an NHS system called Attend Anywhere/ Near Me. You will be contacted beforehand by Lisa or a member of our complementary therapies team with details of your consultation start time and other information about your session.

Ahead of your consultation, please click on the link below. This will take you directly to the system. If you click on "Start video call" you will enter a virtual waiting room and your therapist will join you when your session is ready to commence. Please don't worry, its very straight-forward and secure... and a great way to enjoy therapies from home.

Access your virtual session here

Other news

Accessible Clinical Practice

Marie Duggan is a practitioner and training provider offering Complementary Therapies in Cancer Care CPD eLearning for Massage, Reflexology and Reiki. She recognised that some therapists taking part in eLearning would welcome the opportunity to gain clinical practice within cancer care and palliative care settings. St Columba's was delighted to partner with Marie to offer a placement to Alison Hughes. You can read about Alison's clinical practice placement here: 

We are thrilled that Alison's placement with us led to her joining the team as our Volunteer Complementary Therapist.

To read more about Marie's work, go to Butterfly Touch Therapies -


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